FIFA Rejects Costa Rica’s Appeal; United States Win Stands

March 22, 2013; Commerce City, CO, USA; Soccer referee Joel Aguilar (right) stops play to clear parts of the field of snow in the second half of the game between Costa Rica against USA during the World Cup Qualifier at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Costa Rica was unhappy with the decision to continue playing last week in the blizzard like conditions at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and they issued a protest to FIFA in hopes of overturning the result and getting a chance to replay the game against the United States men’s national team.

It was unlikely that FIFA would hear the protest and overturn the result of the March 22 World Cup qualifier and now FIFA has confirmed that the result will stand.

Here is the statement from FIFA:

FIFA received a letter via email and fax from the Costa Rica FA on 24 March 2013 with regards to the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier played on 22 March between USA and Costa Rica.

FIFA has examined the content of the letter and, taking into consideration article 14, paragraph 4 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup regulations, has confirmed that the conditions established in the regulations for an official protest have not been met by the Costa Rica FA.

Therefore, the result of the match played on 22 March stands and is considered as valid.

The USA will now turn their attention to the Mexican national team who they face tonight in a pivotal World Cup qualifier at famed Estadio Azteca. The two sides are involved in the biggest and greatest rivalry in international soccer and tonight’s game should provide the same excitement as their past matches.

Who will win: the Yankees or El Tri? Sound off in the comments section and let us hear your predictions.

Topics: Costa Rica, USA Soccer, USMNT

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